Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has received two nominations for UN.FREEDOM and India's Daughter, films which are banned in India, at the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) 63rd Annual Golden Reel Awards. The Oscar-winning sound designer says the recognition outside India shows that 'we have to keep our mind open as artists'.
UN.FREEDOM, a film on homosexuality, was nominated in the category of Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue & ADR in a Foreign Language Feature Film. Directed by Raj Amit Kumar, the film was banned in India because of its bold scenes.
Filmmaker Leslee Udwin's controversial BBC documentary India's Daughter received the nomination for Best Sound Editing: Short Form Documentary in Television. The documentary was based on Nirbhaya or Jyoti Singh - the 23-year-old medical student who was brutally gangraped in a moving bus in 2012.
Mr Pookutty, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, said, "Work that spoke through the heart, is being recognised by the people.
The recognition outside India simply tells us that we have to keep our mind open as artists. I am getting messages from all over the world that we have not seen this work in India but it's being recognised outside. That is something that our policy makers need to think about," Mr Pookutty told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.
Dedicating his nomination to Jyoti Singh, Mr Pookutty said that her parents 'have behaved more wisely than the most educated people in the country.'
"For me, to be able to work in a film that depicts her (Jyoti) story was a responsibility. Today that work has been recognised at the world's highest platform. I definitely want to dedicate it to her (Jyoti) and her parents. I think they have behaved far more wisely than the most educated in this country," said the 44-year-old.
Sharing his sentiments over the nominations, Mr Pookutty, who has also worked in films like Black and Everybody Says I'm Fine!, said that he hoped to win at least one award and that would give a 'huge boost' to Indian sound professionals.
"I am surely hoping to win at least one. It will be a huge boost for Indian sound professionals because this is not a small nomination. It is judged by some of the top professionals in the world after all. The nomination itself is very huge that we be nominated to this level, itself is a huge recognition. So winning will be a bonus," he concluded.
The Golden Reel Awards will be announced on February 27.